This is a feature written by Yacht Owner; DAVID SWANSON
SUBJECT: Davits for a Catalina 320 Mk2 Sailboat
Cruising Southern California and the Puget Sound on our 2007 Catalina 320 MK II Sailboat requires that we carry an inflatable dinghy. To make the process of carrying the inflatable easier, I mounted a tilt-up davit system that is traditionally used for power boats to our Catalina 320 sailboat. The tilt-up davit system was manufactured by Weaver Snap Davits and adapted to our C320 MK II. Our inflatable dinghy is an Achilles LSI 2.90 . The length of the inflatable is 9’-6” which is well within the 11’-9” beam of our Catalina 320.
About 10 years ago, when our children were much smaller, I installed a similar set of snap davits on our Hunter 30 sailboat. The system is very easy to use, helps in boarding the dinghy, and keeps the inflatable secure and out of the way when sailing or motoring. It is an elegant way to carry our inflatable dinghy when sailing, cruising, and island hopping.
This new set of Weaver Davits that I installed on our C320 MK II are slightly different with a “snap up” feature. We had Weaver industries build a custom set of Snap Ups to match the angle of our C320 transom and also install an “intermediate” snap up hole to allow us to vary the height at which we carry our inflatable dinghy. I created a sketch of the dimensions and rake angle of our stern from our C320 and provided them to Weaver Industries for the fabrication of our davits, so if anyone would like them, just send me an email and I can forward a PDF copy of the dimensions that we used for our 2007 C320 MK II sailboat.
We have had many people comment on how elegant this system works to stow our inflatable, so I thought that I would share our installation with fellow C320 owners.
MAIN INSTALLATION ITEMS :
• Weaver Snap Up Davits custom modified for our C320 MK II stern.
• Weaver Quick Kit mounting system to remove davit brackets when not in use.
DOWNLOAD: The full 6 page article with pictures and David’s installation procedure can be downloaded here: C320 Weaver Davits Article (2)